Mumbai: Indian opener Rohit Sharma said on Monday that the reason for the success of the Indian team in recent times is because of them playing collectively as a unit.
At the launch of Adidas Uprising 3.0 where KL Rahul and boxer Nikhat Zareen were also present, the star batsman said, “The way we are playing, credit goes to everyone. Because irrespective of whether you play for a city or country, you have to win a match and it is not an easy task. We have won six back-to-back series because we have played together as a unit.”
India have been on a rampage in limited overs’ cricket of late as they defeated West Indies 3-1 in the Caribbean after which they decimated Sri Lanka 5-0 and thrashed Australia 4-1.
Rohit also emphasized on the need for team effort in order to be successful.
“If you (the team) want to win a tournament, it not that that one or two players will perform and you will win. It is essential that everybody contributes as this is a team sport. We are going towards a goal and that I think is good for team,” he said.
He also added, “The way the team is thinking that is in one direction, which is helping the side and everyone is contributing, not just one or two players.”
When asked as to whether the 2019 World Cup was in mind, he said, “See, there is one and half year for the World Cup. Now, it will be too early for me to comment on it. Yes, our aim is the 2019 World Cup and the preparations are on.”
“Like our selectors, coach and captain have said the way our team is playing and the combination of the team has been made keeping the World Cup in mind. It is clear that what the team (management) wants from the players,” he added.
India would next take on New Zealand in a three-match ODI series, the first of which begins at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on October 22. A similar number of T20I’s would also follow.
Speaking on their upcoming challenge, he said, “We haven’t thought what we will do. When we will reach the hotel then the preparations will start. Two days before we have finished a series. Our goal will be to beat any team whom we play against”.